National Fisherman

The absurdity, and the warped politics, of North Carolina's fisheries management scam was amply illustrated one again last week.

Click here to go to the original source to read the rest of the story. There you will find the asinine argument of the Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina that somehow commercial fishermen were catching what CCA considered "too many" Red Drum because—get this—commercial fishermen were trying to catch more Red Drum.

Now, if you've read this far in this article we think you are now ready for our argument about the absurdity of the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) management nonsense.

In the simplest terms, the fundamental problem with the DMF science is that they don't know the difference between their identified independent variable (total fish species population) and their dependent variable (the fish they measure). They have no clue what the correlation is between the number of fish there are and the number that are caught. One cannot even find an attempt to determine if there are intervening variables. Then they (and CCA) treat correlation as causation. That's bogus science.

Read the full story at the Beaufort Observer>>

Inside the Industry

Pink shrimp is the first fishery managed by Washington to receive certification from the global Marine Stewardship Council fisheries standard for sustainable, wild-caught seafood.

The state’s fishery was independently assessed as a scope extension of the MSC certified Oregon pink shrimp fishery, which achieved certification to the MSC standard in December 2007 and attained recertification in February 2013.


NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.

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